The American Fashion podcast: This podcast is moderated by Charles Beckwith, Cathy Schepis, Seth Freiderman and Lisa Maria Radano, This podcast gives you an in depth look into the American fashion landscape with episodes including fashions designers challenging the current fast fashion industry to episodes on apparel manufacturing in the U.S and everything in between. Episodes include the players who not only question the current fashion industry standards but are actually really doing something about it every step of the way. I really enjoyed episode 121 because it simply inspiring and reassures me that we are moving toward progress. It's a podcast I actually go back to again and listen to previous episodes because it's that good. Trust me, go subscribe and see for yourself.
Spirit of 608: Founder, Lorraine Sanders, a seasoned fashion journalist covers how fashion, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tech intersect and refers to this as FEST on her podcast. She interviews business women in the FEST spheres. I am beyond inspired when I listen to her interview because she really approaches each interview with in depth understanding and pulse of what it means to navigate the fashion industry in these times. I especially like how she is opening up her podcasts to up and coming new designers. Her main focus is on women leaders in the FEST industries. Also, Sanders has launched her PRESSDOPE PR campaign and it looks epic. Check Sanders and her team out. Need I say more?
Conscious Chatter: Founder of AWEAR world, Kestral Jenkins, created a unique platform to provide a community of change makers to consider where clothes were made, what they are made of and who actually made them. Jenkins, a journalist, brings great clarity to less talked about complexities of the fashion industry on her podcast, Conscious Chatter. It was actually my first podcast I downloaded when I began researching more in the past year. All of her guests are doing amazing initiatives. When things get overwhelming as an entrepreneur, this is the podcast that makes all things clear. Just subscribe and you will see. Tell me what you think about them in the comments below. Let's keep going with technology as a tool.
5. Leverage technology
Without sounding preachy, please know before you buy because in the end, consumers have the power to buy with our wallets. I am referring to all brands. Let's face it. There are brands in the fast fashion world and we are all aware of them (or maybe you are not) and then there are other sustainable brands we may not know about but there is an app for that! So how could you know your brands quickly and easily? Here are some quick resources at your fingertips with no excuses to not use them. Decide with your wallet.
6. Find local Sustainable Fashion Groups
When I began my travel handbag business I began to gravitate toward likeminded groups. This is key when starting any initiative or lifestyle change. It's important to keep in mind that these groups have a great mission in mind with a relaxed approach. No blame games or guilt trips here. Information is key here. You decide at the end of the day. I want to be able to gather with people who have similar passions and work toward living with sustainable lifestyle in mind. Whether it's through food, fashion, or travel I can learn from them. Here are some sustainable fashion groups to check out:
7. Keep Reading (top 3 picks) and listening:
Did I ever tell you? There was a time in my life where I was able to launch an organic cotton t-shirt business? I had the opportunity to see first hand the pulse of the market on ethical and clothing in the Midwest. But guess what? The timing was off. The financial market crashed while I was about to launch it. I decided to do it anyway. Was it risky? Yes. Did I care? Yes and no because I was hungry for experience and I wanted to test my business skills. It was bootstrap endeavor that lasted two years while I worked full-time but it gave me the drive and edge I was searching for because in the end I wanted to learn and go beyond the learning curve. I wanted to execute my gains and keep going but in the end I had a detour and other life events. I moved and had another pivot. But I saw this as all a gain. I learned so much with that experience. It really ignited my passion of conscious styled clothing for me. I finally found what made me tick and I couldn't stop learning and researching and most importantly I couldn't stop working on my dream.
Back then when someone came up to me with the idea of launching a clothing business the only way for me to truly do something like that was through ethical and sound practices for the people and for the planet. It was a learning experience that lead me to this point in my life. Here was my conclusion: All I want to do is to create a space for ethical and sustainable apparel/ accessories where the people, planet and business come together to make sound business sense. Today, it's also known as corporate social responsibility for bigger businesses. My point is this: never stop learning. I'm always learning and I enjoy questioning the process of today's fashion industry: the vast history, the big players, the technology, but most of all the humanity of it because without it we would not be here at this point. So here's my a reading list that is never-ending in my book.
Wear No Evil By Gret Eagan
Overdressed, The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion By Elizabeth L. Cline
Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution By Safia Minney
To Die For By Lucy Siegel
The Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black
Refashioned By Sass Brown
[8. Bonus tip: Follow this global sustainable fashion campaign]:
While it's important to engage ourselves in obtaining more information about how our clothes are made and who is making them it is equally important to understand that civic engagement is key as well. There are few ways you can engage as buyer with your funds as well as voice your concern to create a more sustainable fashion platform in your community.
Fashion Revolution is a significant global campaign to dedicated to ask yourself #whomademyclothes in a effort to bring more awareness and understanding about the fashion industry and the people who make the clothes each day. Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, founders of Fashion Revolution "believe in an industry that values people, the environment, creativity, and profit in equal measure." So find out, be curious, and do something as the Fashion Revolution campaign encourages today. It's the global fashion positive movement asking Who Made my Clothes?
On the Fashion Revolution website you can find resources that cover the following:
social media campaign in April for Fashion Revolution Day and week
"How to be a Fashion Revolutionary booklet" (download)
Your Fashion Love Story
Student Ambassador program (high school and university)
Haulternative guide (download)
Locate your country page and local events for Fashion Revolution week
Check out the 2016 Fashion Revolution global impact
Review Transparency Reports (A Report Card for Brands on their Supply Chain) and so much more.
What are you doing today? What's one thing you have been proud of today to contribute to a more sustainable fashion community? I believe in community which is why I am building a sustainable travel handbag company. Therefore, I created Sustainable Fashion Workshop, a facebook group that will inform people in my community and others who are interested in learning about sustainable fashion such as designers, photographers, authors, stylists, influencers, scientists, and so many other players in the fashion industry. I invite you to be a part of this group so we can create of community of informed people about sustainable fashion and its future.